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Chengdu Wuhou Shrine

Location:231 Wuhouci Dajie.;
Opening time:8:00-18:30 (later in summer).
Best time for visit: all year long
Recommended time for a visit:2 hours
Open:8:00-18:30 (later in summer). Tickets:RMB60.

How to Get There

1) Take the bus (Hanzhong to Mian county) at Hanzhong spending RMB5,then take a taxi to Wuhou Shrine spending about RMB10.


The Wuhou Memorial Shrine is perhaps Chengdu's most popular tourist attraction for Chinese visitors. However, most foreign visitors will probably be unimpressed and somewhat bewildered by this sprawling complex of halls and temples. Basically, the Wuhou Shrine is a memorial to Zhuge Liang (181-234), a general and prime minister of the Three Kingdoms period who was renowned and respected as much for his wisdom and loyalty as he was for his military brilliance. Receiving equal billing at the shrine is Liu Bei, the benevolent Emperor of the Shu Kingdom who had enlisted Zhuge Liang as his 'Minister of War'.
On the grounds of the Wuhou Shrine is a mausoleum, said to be the final resting place of Liu Bei. The exact date that the shrine was founded isn't known, but it was apparently a tourist attraction as early as the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Most of the buildings in the complex date from 1672 when a massive reconstruction took place. The exploits and endeavors of Zhuge Liang and Liu Bei were immortalized in the Chinese classic "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms", which helps to explain the appeal the Wuhou Shrine has to Chinese tourists. Foreigners who haven't read the novel probably won't get a lot out of a visit, but some of the halls are exquisitely decorated and there are plenty of interesting statues around.


Wuhou Shrine was built in West Jin period (265-316) in the honor of Zhuge Liang, the famous military, political strategist, and Prime Minister of the Shu Han State in the Three Kingdoms period (221 - 589). It is also the most influential museum of Three-kingdom relics in China. The Shrine highlights Zhuge Liang Memorial Temple and the Hall of Liu Bei, along with statues of other historical figures in Shu Han, and cultural relics like stone inscriptions, tablets, and couplets at all times. The Hui Mausoleum of Liu Bei, founder of Shu Han State, however, represents a unique pattern of the enshrinement of both the king and his subjects in the same temple, which is quite rare in China.

Story of Wuhou Shrine

Wuhou Shrine has incorporated the Liu Bei's Tomb and Liu Bei Temple into one huge museum. In addition, Wuhou Shrine also inludes the Sanyi Temple and 50 statues of the heros in Shu Kingdom.
Liu Bei (161 - 223) founded the Shu Kingdom ( 221 - 263 ) and ascended the throne. He died of illness in Fengjie Chongqing. he lost the war with Three Kingdom Wu.
Added to Wuhou Shrine Musuem is the famed traditional bazaar street Jinli. Jinli Street abuts Wuhou Shrine to the east.

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